Highlights of the Linux Mint
Linux Mint is similar
to Ubuntu Linux. But it's a lot easier to use is you
are a first time user.
Here's a peek at what it offers.
The most helpful thing about Mint is the
menu. with the search function, it's easy to find a program on your PC.
Here we've just started to type "browser" and we can find the
installed web browsers. Opera doesn't come as part of Mint, but was
In the lower right hand corner of the
screen are helpful icons. Here are CPU speed, firewall indicator, a
checkmark showing the system is up to date on updates, network
connection, display settings, audio settings, power settings, a program
to force an application to shutdown if it's not working right, CPU
temperature, local weather, and clock. You can right click in this area
and select icons you want to be there.
"Play on Linux" is
probably your best way to install Windows programs in Linux. iTunes, in
particular, if very problematic to get working right. But, using the
latest version of iTunes, and "Play on Linux" (instead of Wine),
it was working. Also, programs like Yahoo Messenger can be installed.
Here's the software manager, You can click on a category to see what applications are available to download.
Or, you can type in a word, like "radio" to see what is available. The little green check mark means it is already installed
on your system. The more popular apps will have ratings that you can
click on to read. The cool thing is that there is tons of great free
software available. If anyone in your family is interested in the
sciences, there is a lot of good software about subjects like astronomy
If you have an older PC that doesn't run
Windows well, it will likely be OK for Linux. Here, the System Monitor
shows only 351.9 MB (of 3 GB) of memory being used. This is with the
Firefox browser running.
This is just a basic look, to show you
that Mint is easy to use. The real fun is that you have a very secure
system, with almost no worries about malware. Just keep an eye on that
little indicator that shows if any updates are available. If there are,
download them right away. Then you should have a system that is at
least as secure as a Windows system. And Mint is free!